A BARNSLEY man has received a criminal behaviour order for abusing the 999 system.

The 49-year-old made 23 calls during a three-hour period in August 2022, during which he abused staff and was not reporting anything that required a police response.

Police said that on average the Force Control Room receives over 900 ‘999’ calls and 1,000 ‘101’ calls a day and it is important that the phone lines are available for call handlers to provide help to those who need it in an emergency.

The man was given a two-year criminal behaviour order, which inhibits him from contacting the police via 999, 101 or any other method, except in a genuine emergency.

He also received a six-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.